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A Night in the Show (1915)



A Night in the Show

(1915)

Comedy / Silent

30 minutes

Directed by Charlie Chaplin

Cast:

Charlie Chaplin as Mr. Pest and Mr. Rowdy
Edna Purviance as Lady in the stalls with beads
Charlotte Mineau as Lady in the stalls
Dee Lampton as Fat boy
Leo White as Frenchman / Man in balcony
Wesley Ruggles as Second man in balcony-front row
John Rand as Orchestra conductor
James T. Kelley as Trombone player and singer
Paddy McGuire as Feather duster / Clarinet player
May White as Fat lady and Snake charmer
Phyllis Allen as Lady in audience
Fred Goodwins as Gentleman in audience
Charles Inslee as Tuba player


Distributed by The Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, A Night in the Show is a silent comedy released in 1915 and written and directed by Charlie Chaplin.  The premise of the film is based on one of Charlie Chaplin’s routines from the stage, Mumming Birds.

Both parts played by Charlie Chaplin, Mr. Pest is a member of the upper class, and totally self-involved, and Mr. Rowdy is a member of the lower class, and a rowdy drunk.

In the theater to see a performance, Mr. Pest is seated in the good seats in the audience and constantly annoys other members of the audience and interrupts the performance.  Seated in the balcony, or the cheap seats, Mr. Rowdy also manages to disrupt the performance with his drunkenness, disturbing the audience and dropping and throwing things on the lower level and on to the stage itself.




Directors: Charlie Chaplin
Actors: Charlie Chaplin
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